Series: Villains, #2
Published by Tor Books on September 25th 2018
Challenge Theme: A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym
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Eli Ever and Victor Vale were only medical students when their mutual discovery that near-death experiences can, under the right conditions, manifest extraordinary abilities.
They were best friends, and rivals, and then enemies. They were dead, then alive, and then—Eli killed Victor, once and for all. Or so he thought—but Sydney Clarke felt otherwise, and used her own superpower to tip the scales. Now, a trio hides in the shadows, while another takes advantages of post-death life to take over the city of Merit.
If there can be life after death—will there be calm after vengeance, or will chaos rule?
I am so happy that the second book in this series didn’t disappoint. I am always worried about sequels to a book I loved because I am afraid I will be disappointed. That was definitely not the case with this follow up to Vicious! Schwab delves even deeper into the story of Eli & Victor while bringing new, powerful characters into the mix. I feel like this book did much more of the jumping back & forth between both characters and time. A lot of the time that would become utterly confusing but Schwab has a way of doing it where you don’t get lost. You know exactly where in time and with whom you are with. I loved reading more about how Eli came to be, I still do not like him but it helped me understand him much more. I loved how Sydney became a bigger player and also the introduction of Marcella & June. The story was great, the writing was great, the character development was great…the book was just great! It also left it open for a 3rd book in the series so fingers crossed!!!
“Perhaps she was glass. But glass is only brittle until it breaks. Then it’s sharp.”
“Maybe we are broken. But we put ourselves back together. We survived. That’s what makes us so powerful. And as for family—well, blood is always family, but family doesn’t always have to be blood.”
“Some people were matches, a bit of light and no heat. And some were furnaces, all heat but little light. And then, once in a blue moon, there was a bonfire, something so hot and bright you couldn’t stand too near without burning.”
“Men look at anyone with power and see only a threat, an obstacle in their path. They never have the sense to see power for what it really is. Potential.”